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Chateau de Plessis-Bourre

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Address: Château de Plessis-Bourre, D508 to Plessis-Bourre, 49460
Tel: +33 (0)2 41 52 33 06
Opening Times: Jul-Aug:daily; Rst of yr: not Weds; Feb-Nov: pms | Admission Charge

Chateau du Plessis Bourre was built over a five year period on the site of an ancient manor by Jean Bourre who was friend and treasurer to Louis XI and Charles VIII.

Unlike so many other chateaux, Chateau du Plessis-Bourre is unique in that it hasn't been altered since 1468 when the first work was begun.

At first glance, Chateau du Plessis-Bourre looks like a huge medieval fortress surrounded by vast moats, corner towers and two drawbridges.

However, Jean Le Bourre was keen to transform the chateau into a noble dwelling fit for Kings and noblemen. Le Bourre concentrated on creating elegant surrounding parkland, a majestic courtyard, large rooms lit by high mullioned windows and a lavish Renaissance interior.

There are some superb frescoes painted on the guardroom ceiling - note the wolf eating a virgin and the girl urinating into a pot to try and turn urine to gold!

Chateau du Plessis-Bourre has changed hands a number of times until Monsieur Vaisse, the grandfather of the current owners, took possession in 1911. He was a man of culture and lover of the arts who restored the chateau back to its original state.

Chateau du Plessis-Bourre served as a hospital to treat the sick and injured during the First World War. During the Second World War, it became the home of the American Embassy to Poland and escaped any war damage.

Chateau du Plessis-Bourre was opened to the public in 1955.

Today, the chateau is inhabited by Antoinette and Bruno de Ferrieres de Sauvebeuf who are responsible for preserving the chateau's authentic character. Chateau du Plessis-Bourre has been used as the location for many films including, Peau d'Ane by Jacques Demy, Fanfan la Tulipe by Gerard Krawczyk and Jeanne d'Arc by Philippe de Broca.

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